The Manolo Blahnik Boots That Changed Candace Bushnell's Life

If Sex and the City had a signature shoe, it would without a doubt be the Manolo. At 400 bucks a pop, the footwear and best-selling book-turned-hit series are two extremely chic peas in a pod, thanks to author and creator Candace Bushnell, the real-life Carrie Bradshaw, and a self-professed shoe lover just like her curly-haired protagonist. In her new one-woman show "Is There Still Sex in The City?" at the Daryl Roth Theatre, Bushnell boldly declares, "Do I have a shoe obsession like Carrie Bradshaw? No. Carrie Bradshaw has a shoe obsession because of me." It all started with one specific pair that "changed her life"—the black patent leather knee-high boots that she wore to her interview with The New York Observer, which led to her landing the infamous column, which led to the book, and then the TV show, and so on and so forth.

In ELLE's series Clothes of Our Lives, we decode the sartorial choices made by powerful women, and explore how fashion can be used as a tool for communication. After the jump, in her own words, Bushnell recalls how her future was forever altered by (what else?) a pair of Manolos.